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Lenox Hill Hospital Offering a Fast, Free Online Heart Disease Risk Assessment 

• Did you know that 1 in 3 people who die of heart attacks have no warning? 
• Do you know your heart attack risk?
 

Even if you have no symptoms and think you’re doing everything right, a heart attack could be heading your way.  That is why Lenox Hill Hospital is launching HeartAware, a free interactive online personal health risk questionnaire that will help individuals understand their potential for cardiac problems.

Visitors start by logging onto http://www.lenoxhillhospital.org and answering questions about family history, cholesterol, blood pressure, lifestyle habits and more.  At the end of the survey, participants receive an immediate personalized report that indicates if they are at a low, moderate, high or critical level for developing heart disease.

If the assessment shows that an individual is at increased risk of developing heart disease, he or she is invited to receive a free initial health screening that includes blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol testing. 

Participants with more worrisome risk profiles will be offered an appointment with a Lenox Hill Hospital cardiologist, who can provide a thorough evaluation and make a plan to minimize the future risk for heart disease.

“Participants who are treated at Lenox Hill Hospital will benefit from one of the leading cardiovascular care programs in the nation,” said Gary Roubin, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. “Heart disease and strokes are very much preventable. Therefore, it is important to understand your risk for heart disease and how to prevent it before a debilitating event occurs. Taking the initiative to know your risk is the first step.”

 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack, causes about one of every five deaths in this country.  Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will suffer a coronary event, and about every minute someone will die from one.

“Many people don’t understand their risks until they suffer a heart attack,” said Kirk Garratt, MD, Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research at Lenox Hill Hospital.  “This risk assessment was developed to help uncover heart problems in people who have none of the classical symptoms--chest pain, shortness of breath, radiating arm pain--associated with a possible heart problem. HeartAware is an efficient and effective way to avert a potential crisis situation.”

For more information about HeartAware at Lenox Hill Hospital, call 1-877-Heartbeat (877-432-7823)